Introduction to Public Finance

Content for week of Monday, August 16, 2021–Sunday, August 22, 2021

Required Readings

Additional pre-class assignment

Choose an Illinois (or Wisconsin, if you happen to work there) local government to conduct a revenue analysis on. I suggest you choose the local government you current intern/work for. If this happens to not describe you, your hometown or current town are good options. It helps to be somewhat familiar with the government you choose, or at least have access.

I require that every student have a unique local government so the choice of government is on a first come, first serve basis. Email me as soon as you decide.


Download the slides from today’s class.

First slide

  1. Robert L. Bland and Michael R. Overton, A Budget Guide for Local Government, 4th ed. (Washington, DC: ICMA Press, 2019). ↩︎

  2. Ronald C. Fisher, State and Local Public Finance, 4th ed. (New York: Routledge, 2016). ↩︎

  3. Sharon Kioko and Justin Marlowe, Financial Strategy for Public Managers (Seattle, WA: The Rebus Foundation, 2017), ↩︎